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5.0 out of 5 stars "Katie, it was never uncomplicated."
As stated many times before, THE WAY WE WERE is one of only a handful of romantic blockbusters to actually feature an intelligent script and complex characters. Writer Arthur Luarents' based his screenplay (and subsequent novel) on girl he knew in college, who fought for liberal (and sometimes communist) causes. The film was a surprise box office smash when originally...
Published on April 5 2004 by Robert Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars IMPROBABLE ROMANCE AND CLASH OF WILLS STILL HOLDS ITS OWN
Barbra Streisand is Katie - a Jewish, pro-communist sympathizer who fights against political propaganda every chance that she gets. Robert Redford is Hubble Gardner - so Waspish it hurts. The unlikely romance that blossoms between the two is strangely well suited and doomed to tragedy from the start. As with most romantic movies of the 1970's, getting to the end is not...
Published on April 4 2003 by Nix Pix
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time!,
The Way We Were on DVD is a must for any Streisand fan. The quality is excellent, allowing the viewer to watch the film over and over, without worry about tape damage. The colors and the images are sharp, and the widescreen format let's fans see everything in the frame. But the real prize is hearing the "hmmm-hmmmm...", opening to the title song, that's remastered digitally, so it sounds like Barbra is in the room singing it! The inclusion of the documentary is another plus! Including interviews with Barbra, Sydney Pollack, Arthur Laurents,the Bergmens and Hamlish. The documentary also includes deleted scenes from the movie, so one can finally figure out the real reason Katie and Hubbell break-up! You won't be sorry with this investment!
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD is Well Done - Looks & Sounds Better Than Ever,
Finally! THE WAY WE WERE in widescreen! I think it really makes a difference. I've only seen pan and scan versions on video. It is especially noticeable in the opening credits where names/credits appear on one side of the screen and action takes place on the other side. For the first time we get to see Katie at her typewriter and Katie talking to her teacher.
The rest of the dvd is done just as well. The picture and sound are pristine. The menu screens are classy and easy to use. The bonus trailers from FOR PETE'S SAKE and Streisand's later films are fun to see.
The hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Sydney Pollack and Streisand is very revealing. Pollack seems humble and grateful about the film. Streisand is relaxed and beautiful - again, reflective and humble about the experience as Pollack is. There is even a segment with Marvin Hamlisch on piano playing the different versions of THE WAY WE WERE theme. And Alan & Marilyn Bergman are a hilarious couple!
Sydney Pollack's comments on the extra audio channel are interesting as well. I haven't gotten through the whole movie yet, but so far so good!
The dvd is definitely a must-have for Streisand fans. But even fans of this classic romance will find much to like about the dvd as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD is Stylish, Well-Done, Lots of Extras!,
The packaging on this DVD is exquisite -- there's a nice gold-toned fold-out chapter index on the inside cover. Columbia has really packaged it like a keepsake.
The menus are classy as well. The behind-the-scenes featurette is very interesting. Barbra Streisand is very humble and exact about her memories of making the movie. She is also very generous in her praise of Redford. Sydney Pollack gives some good insights into the film. And author Arthur Laurents is especially revealing. I think all involved with the film knew they were creating something special. And yet the featurette proves that even a classic romance needs snipping. The cut scenes are interesting but prove that some scenes are superfluous to the arc of the story. However, the big scene in which Katie is told that an old schoolmate has informed on her is VERY interesting: Do the WASP and the Jew split up because of politics or stay together and be blacklisted ? It would have been a very different story if this scene were used.
Otherwise, the DVD looks gorgeous. It is so good to see this film in widescreen. I have only seen pan-and-scan versions for years. It is great to see the opening credits (underscored with Barbra's beautiful voice) framed the way they're supposed to be. I had an old VHS version that flip-flopped back and forth in order to get it all on the screen -- very annoying.
Finally, the Marvin Hamlisch section of the documentary is very interesting as well. He tells all about how the song "The Way We Were" came to be written. And Marilyn and Alan Bergman share their "mem'ries" as well!
The Columbia people did a GREAT job with this DVD. It is a welcome addition to my or your collection. Thanks, guys!
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was worth the wait!,
All of the magic, romance and turmoil of the love between Katie and Hubbell are back in this special edition DVD. Not only is this love story digitally remastered in glorious DVD quality and widescreen format, it also includes an hour long documentary on the making of the film.
In the documentary, Barbra Streisand and director Sydney Pollack reminisce fondly on the making of the film, and each discusses their differences on the scenes that were omitted. Every time I've seen the film, I've felt that something was missing in the explanation of Katie and Hubbell's eventual breakup. The ommitted scenes, seen in the documentary, would have shown the depth of the relationship between these two people - and that the real reason behind their split was based on politics more than Hubbell's infidelity.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman also discuss how the haunting theme and title song evolved. The attention to detail and the commitment of all those involved in the film is obvious in the interviews - the music and the visual images had to be a perfect marriage.
An interesting option on the DVD is an audio track of director Pollack commenting on each of the scenes as the movie plays.
This film has always been more than "just" a love story - the days of the Hollywood blacklist, communism, World War II are all essential ingredients to the story line. Even after 20 plus years, this remains one of my all time favorite films.
Fans of Streisand and Redford will certainly consider the DVD as an essential addition to their home video library.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Story About People and Politics...,
This film is generally thought of as being a love story about two opposites - a left-wing Jewish girl and a WASP golden boy to whom "everything comes to easily." But it really can take credit for a resurgence of interest in the communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era. It preceded other films on the topic, like "The Front," by several years, and uses the era as something that impacts the actions of the characters.
Novelist/Playwrite/Screenwriter Arthur Laurents shows the struggle of two people to ultimately maintain their personal and professional principles in a world that doesn't have much of either - Hollywood.
I think this film has earned an unfair reputation as the ultimate "Chick Flick." It's actually a great script in the care of a top notch director (Sydney Pollack) wonderfully acted by two of the biggest stars in the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Romance,
This is truly one of the classic movie romances. I think it was Sidney Pollack (the director) who said in an interview that the lasting and memorable romances are the ones in which the lovers DON'T get together (i.e. CASABLANCA). That is certainly true in this film.
Streisand is very good. Arthur Laurents has tailor-written a role that combines her FUNNY GIRL codependency with her legendary outspokenness. Redford gets to play the golden boy again, but with a darker side. He is very good as an insecure "popular guy" to whom things come too easily.
I think people like this film because it takes us back to high school and college when there was the "popular" people and the geeks. This film matches the geek with the all-american boy and examines what happens when these two try to make a relationship work.
The last scene is the classic scene. I can't watch it without crying. I think we can all relate to someone we love, but can't have. And it doesn't help that Babs starts singing that great Marvin Hamlisch song when the movie is over! Ahhhhhhh! Get out your hankies!!
P.S. Here's hoping the DVD version of this film includes the cut scenes and some bonus stuff! (and PLEASE --- widescreen!!)
5.0 out of 5 stars The silver screen's best love story!,
By A Customer
The ultimate romance in cinematic history has lost none of it's imact even after 26 years! While the 25 anniversery video edition has no new footage or supplements, it is still the best that the film has ever looked. "Memories. . ."
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must see love story for Redford/Streisand fans,
Two star crossed lovers during the 40's meet in college. They end up marrying only to discover they were not the people they were in college. It's called growing up.
There's still quite a bit of truth to this flick even in today's crazy world of high divorce rate. Just when you genuinely think you really and truly know someone, it turns out maybe you really don't!
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't won't to miss this movie.,
By A Customer
This movie is wonderful!! I have probably seen it 15 times and each time it touches me more. Buy it! You won't be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story!,
By A Customer
This is truly a classic...one of the greatest love stories of all time. Redford is fantastic as the more conservative, average american of that era, and Streisand is equally impressive as the quintessencial college radical. The way Pollack brings them together, and keeps them together off and on over the years is wonderful. And the last scene, where he meets her years later handing out leaflets for another one of her "causes", and Redford with his new wife in tow, is truly one of the most moving moments of any movie at anytime! I loved it!!
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